October 11, 2012
School of Engineering, Bengaluru
The Electronics, Communication and Instrumentation Forum (ECIF) is made up of enthusiastic young students of the Amrita School of Engineering at Bengaluru.
Their innovative ideas were very much in evidence at the ECIF Project Exhibition they hosted in August.
BTech students of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) and Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering (EIE) displayed the working models they had worked on, outside of class hours, to complete.
A total of ten teams of students, mainly from third- and final- years of the BTech program, showcased their novels designs of moving LED displays, fuel cells, hybrid technologies for vehicles and multi-tasking robots.
The judges of the Project Exhibition were Prof. N. S. Murthy of the Department of Electronics and Communication and Prof. Rajkumar E. Sreedharan from the Department of Computer Science.
“The projects were judged based on the students’ presentation, percentage of completion, real world applicability and originality. The students really made use of the opportunity to display their novel ideas,” explained Prof. Murthy.
The first prize was bagged by the team of T Keerthi, P S Manasa, E Ravali and Vandana Sharma, all third-year BTech students of ECE for their project titled Wireless Automation.
“The aim of our project was to control the door latching mechanism through mobile operation interfaced with a GSM (Global System for Mobile) module. Almost every aspect of our life today is impacted by automation and the need for security. One way to secure is through a wireless device,” explained Keerthi.
Akash Kannegulla and KVRS Sudhir, both BTech (EIE) students teamed up with A Salivahana Reddy from BTech (ECE) for making a Fuel Cell and Hybrid Technology Vehicle. The project of these third-year students won the second prize. Using a P89VRD2 microcontroller to find the speed-to-pulse ratio modulation and varying the power source used accordingly, the students were able to demonstrate the switching between petrol and fuel cells, using both as required, thus increasing efficiency and decreasing wastage of fuel.
“We designed this vehicle keeping in mind the need to conserve energy without reducing the efficiency of the vehicle,” stated Akash.
This student innovation also won the Most Popular Project Award by getting the highest number of votes in a poll conducted among faculty members and students.
The third prize was claimed by the team that created the DTMF (Dual Tone Multi Frequency Signaling) Based Device Controller. Golla Yeshwanth and Gollapally Pragnya, both third-year BTech students of ECE, developed a system that used mobile technologies to control various units of an automobile. The system could work with the signal sent from a mobile phone.
“This new concept can help manage the operation of appliances remotely by using GSM DTMF, enabling a user to switch on a domestic appliance just by dialing the keypad of a remote phone,” explained the duo.
“This was a good opportunity for us. Exhibitions like these play an important role in encouraging students to hone their technical talents,” stated other participants in the Exhibition.